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post #1 of 11
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this is my first time skiing and i was wondering if anyone could let me know what to wear for this adventure...including under and outergear and accesories...EVERYTHING...i need help!:
post #2 of 11
One pair of wool (or wool blend) socks, polyester (or anything non cotton, fleece works best) pants, polyester (or anything not cotton, fleece works best) shirt, insulated jacket or a fleece with a wind resistant shell over it, water resistant ski pants, waterproof and insulated gloves that go over the cuff of your jacket, a hat or headband, goggles (if it's sunny or snowing, or I wear them all the time), scarf (or turtle fur neck warmers work amazingly), bring chapstick in your pockets... if you're actually going out to buy new stuff I like north face and EMS products.
post #3 of 11
Don't forget the sunscreen, especially at higher elevations.
post #4 of 11
Do not wear a scarf!! If they get caught on something like a chairlift, your ski days are over.
post #5 of 11

Last year I was in the same boat as you. I went to REI (EMS is about the same, I actually like EMS better), and said, "Help me!" I told them what my budget was, what stuff I already had, and they helped me pick and choose what to get and what not to replace.

Also I just bought this jacket two days ago at EMS. It's awesome. You will have to layer smartly under it (they'll help you there), but it's a great versatile piece. It's on sale from $275 to $139, with an additional $20 gift certificate on the receipt!

http://www.ems.com/products/product_...1032291 78547
post #6 of 11
Originally Posted by newskier
this is my first time skiing and i was wondering if anyone could let me know what to wear for this adventure...including under and outergear and accesories...EVERYTHING...i need help!:
It depends somewhat on where you're skiing, and what temperature or weather conditions you're likely to face. Big difference between dry, windy ten below and dampish, low altitude 30 above (and that's not even getting to sunny and 40, which we won't get to until March ... at least not with snow on the ground).

Here's what I'd typically wear, from inside out. For one-stop shoppers, REI should have just about all of it.

Long underwear bottoms. You may already have these. Synthetic is good. Some people like silk. Not cotton. Not wool, unless you want to itch all day. Oh yeah: don't tuck these into your ski boots. The rule of the foot-boot interface is smooth: no seams, no folds.

Long underwear top. Ditto. Long sleeves.

Socks. I actually like silk socks. You might prefer something a tad heavier, particularly since you're going into rental boots. What you don't want is cotton, or anything with texture, like ribs or what have you. Nor do you want loose socks that will bunch up. Smooth, not real thick = happy feet, no blisters or raw bits.

(Optional) Shirt. Some people like to wear a turtleneck. Or a button-up synthetic or wool shirt.

Sweater. Traditionally this would be a wool ski sweater. Nowadays, I think people more commonly wear a synthetic fleece pullover.

(Optional) Fleece pants. I never wear these. If it were really cold, I might want them, I guess. In my experience, it's most important to keep your core warm, not so much your legs. They'll stay pretty warm on their own.

Ski pants. The standard is a sort of shell, without much, or any, insulation. Somewhat baggy (compared to typical adult street clothes, anyway) is usually best. You need to move, after all. Ones with suspenders, or a bib may be more comfortable. You'll probably be tempted to skip these, and wear jeans or something, but I'd recommend you spring for real ski pants. You can pay up for really nice Gore Tex ones if you want, but at this point, you don't need to.

Jacket. A shell with minimal insulation seems the best way to go. If you're not sure about the whole skiing thing, you don't need to go over the top on features. Just something that fits, blocks the wind, is reasonably water-repellent, and has some pockets will work. You may have something that'll work already.

Gloves or mittens. Mittens are a little warmer, but I prefer gloves. You do want real ski gloves here, not the minimally-insulated city-winter gloves or (God forbid) wool mittens or something. You will find it extremely difficult to ski with your hands in your pockets. I like leather gloves, but most people use synthetic gloves. If you need to ride a rope tow, they need reinforced palms, which anything marketed as a "ski glove" should have. I don't know if they have to go over your jacket cuffs. Mine don't.

Hat (or helmet). A comfortable wool ski hat is pretty standard garb. I wouldn't try to get away with earmuffs or a headband, unless you know it'll be warm (and you don't mind looking goofy ... which you better not, 'cause you'll pretty much look goofy the first time you go skiing no matter what you do). A helmet is preferable, safety-wise. I don't know if I'd spring for one right off the bat, but if you're committed to taking up the sport, you may want to get one. Some ski schools won't take children unless they have helmets, though I think they do take adults. You might want to ask, anyway, just to be sure.

Goggles. Ski goggles, not swim goggles or lab goggles. Yellow lenses or rose. All the main brands are fine (Scott, Smith, Oakley, etc.), so pick by what you like, what fits your face comfortably, and what fits with your helmet, if you have one.

Ski boots. Rent these.

Ski poles. Rent them also.

Skis (with bindings mounted on them). Surprise: rent them.

Shoes or boots to wear when you walk into the shop to rent all that stuff. You don't need anything fancy. If you have some sort of snow boots, good; but you can get away with anything comfortable with reasonably good traction. Expensive wing-tips or high heels, on the other hand, are right out.

Wallet, with money, credit cards, health insurance card. You'll go through the money and credit cards faster than you might expect. You probably won't need the health insurance card, but who knows.

A tube of chapstick comes in handy. Sunscreen, too, for the face.

On your first day, go light on other junk that you might be tempted to put in your pockets (camera, phone, radio, framed photographs etc.). These can come in handy, but they're not good to fall on.
post #7 of 11
Bring along a good attitude and plan on having a good time. You will get to laugh alot and it will be directed at yourself. Oh, and take a leason from a professional, not your buddy.
post #8 of 11
some good suggestions already mentioned. Although you can save a lot of money shopping on line (look at www.rei-outlet.com, www.sierratradingpost.com, the closeout pages at www.mgear.com for up to 75% off retail prices), the advice you will get from your local store may be worth the price. My usual clothing system (and with multiple layers it really is a system that can be tailored to the day's weather conditions) is a base layer of midweight Patagonia Capiline or equivalent (you can find tops for about $15.00 on the sites i mentioned on line), and a fleece (220 weight) on top of that. These are your insulation layers. If it is cold I may add an additional layer in between those two. On top of these you will need something to keep the wind out) or the snow out (if it is snowing or if you fall down a lot, which beginners are apt to do). Goretex is the gold standard, but expensive; the jacket that ROtofury mentioned above sounds like a really great deal , and has a softshell (not as waterproof, but still windproof and more breathable) for those sunny spring days, too. I wear 200 weight fleece pants under gortex pants as my bottom layer; some might find this too warm, but again, as a beginner you may be down on the snow a bit more than when you get more experienced, and the extra warmth there will be welcome. NO JEANS! you will quickly become cold, wet and really miserable.

Phil's additional advice is really good- you will progress much faster and have more fun with a professional instructor. You may even find an amazing deal while doing so- here in Colorado, Loveland has a beginner package that rewards you with a free season pass after 3 days of beginner lesson packages (they are $64/day and actually include a full day lift ticket, rentals, and half day lesson). There is an unlimited lesson deal (yes, that means an unlimited number of group lesssons) at Breckenridge for some preposterously low price (I think about $150, may only be good on weekdays, I am not sure).

Welcome to epicski and have a great first day!
post #9 of 11
Some agreement in this thread ... that doesn't always happen.

Two additional thoughts, amplifying the above:

- I would go to a store (the kind you walk into), if you have a decent one near you. For one thing, then you'll know everything fits. Also, as cogent as we may believe we are, nothing in these written responses is going to be 100% clear. And a good sales person can tell you things like, "That coat you've already got is fine, you don't need anything else now," or "Sure, these pants would be great if you're climbing Denali, but these cheaper ones will be fine for Saturday at Joe's Ski Hill." That'll save you more money than buying the wrong stuff at the biggest discount ever could.

By "decent store," I'm thinking of something like an REI. In my experience, their sales people are reliable, and don't try to sell you something (or more of something) than you really need. I've only ever been to their flagship store (stores, actually: old and new), but I figure the same spirit prevails at the others. I don't know this EMS outfit, but it sounds like they're also recommended by people who do.

- I would definitely take a lesson. Skiing is harder than it looks (and teaching skiing is harder than that). You're not going to know what you're doing, and your well-meaing friends and relatives aren't going to know what they're doing either, if they try to teach you (unless they're actually instructors, of course). A good instructor can get you over some rough patches and can improve your spirits by helping you actually to accomplish something instead of feeling like a floundering doofus. A private lesson is the gold standard (or Gore-Tex standard), but a class is cheaper and has some benefits. For one thing, floundering doofusness loves company.

(Caveat: I haven't actually been a beginner since I was a child. I briefly taught beginners as an instructor, but that was sufficiently long ago, I've forgotten a lot of it. So I don't have any peculiar insights here).
post #10 of 11
With the advice above, you have all the knowledge you need. If you go to a shop & get confused, remember one thing, (No Cotton!)
When you get on the hill, bring plenty of water, & drink, even when you're not thirsty.
The only thing missing is here is a way to unwind after.

1 Bottle of Grey Goose (Glenlivet 12yr if you prefer scotch)
A handful of ACID 1400cc's
A hot tub.

Life just doesn't get any better!
post #11 of 11

EMS's "Bergelene", mid-weight, for the wicking layer, I imagine REI has the equivalent. I'm about to try some Patagonia Capilenes (were on sale....why??...guess I'll find out Sunday AM) My EMS Bergelenes are going on their 5th season now..and I use em' for early spring paddling, hiking...etc...Take your time washing, and all these quality ski clothing items return their cost in # of years usefulness...

Mid-warmth_Layer: *(This is where people often wear too much)
*This is the layer you can play around with...to match with the temps...
a) Single 100strength-fleece(breatheable) pullover w/o my Denali Vest(TNF)
or b) Two 100strength pullovers.

*There are a few vests out there that are a little thinner than TNF's Denali Vest I think. Marmot, probably ArcTery'x?....etc.

...and as mentioned: Water and Attitude(It's all about having Fun)

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